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BUSINESS
February 5, 2006 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Vongo. A new dance craze? No, it's a new subscription service offering feature films via the Internet. Launched last month by Starz Entertainment Group, which primarily runs cable-TV movie channels, the $9.99-a-month service is an all-you-can-eat arrangement that allows subscribers to view about 850 movies as many times as wanted. That is, until the subscription expires or the film rotates out of Vongo circulation.
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BUSINESS
November 11, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
San Jose-based EBay Inc. started a subscription research service to help shoppers get pricing and bidding information. The service costs $2.99 to $24.99 and offers real-time data on starting prices and average bids, top searches by customers and shipping charges, EBay said. The information goes back 60 to 90 days and includes international market data. EBay Marketplace Research will compete with similar search engines from America Online and retailers that allow consumers to compare prices.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
IMesh, one of the most popular peer-to-peer file-sharing services, plans to roll out software today that permits users to legally share and buy popular music online from the four major music conglomerates The service has access to more than 15 million music files on the Gnutella networks and will cost $6.95 a month, plus 99 cents each for most hit songs and major-label releases.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Yahoo Inc. said it would raise the price for its Music Unlimited subscription service by 72% for users who transfer songs to portable music players. The monthly subscription price will rise on Nov. 1 to $11.99 a month from $6.99 a month. The increase brings the cost closer to the $14.99-a-month prices of offerings from RealNetworks Inc. and Napster Inc.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Blockbuster Inc. will raise the price for subscription services at some stores next month as it looks for ways to make up for revenue lost when it ended late fees. The price for unlimited checkout of two movies at a time under Blockbuster's "Movie Pass" program is being raised $3 to $27.99 a month in a "small" number of stores, Blockbuster spokesman Randy Hargrove said. On Aug. 9 Blockbuster reported that abolishing late fees reduced revenue by $138.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Music subscription services have been called the all-you-can-eat buffets of the online music world. That's because, unlike the a la carte option of paying by the downloaded song, subscriptions offer a huge variety of tracks for a set monthly fee. And as any veteran Las Vegas-goer can tell you, buffets have evolved from tawdry to lavish. So too music subscription services. Only a few years ago they were the backwater of online music, with highly limited selections and buggy technology.
SPORTS
March 27, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
Aisle 25, first row, seats 1, 2, 3, 4. Numbers to anyone else, but a life's work for Irving Zeiger, who has had the best seats in the house for as long as there has been a house. Zeiger mailed his initial deposit for Dodger season tickets while the team was still in Brooklyn, reportedly the first check Walter O'Malley received. When O'Malley built Dodger Stadium, he rewarded Zeiger by renting him the cornerstone. His seats were in the first row directly above the Dodger dugout.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2005 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
The Fox network thriller "24" inspires cult-like devotion by delivering mayhem, suspense and duplicity in every 60-minute episode. Now, 20th Century Fox Television is trying to squeeze that pulse-pounding formula into a 60-second package -- for cellphones. "24: Conspiracy," an original drama produced solely for the very small screen, will have its U.S. premiere today as part of a mobile video service from Verizon Wireless.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., the second-biggest pay-radio company, said it would double subscribers this year after ending 2004 with 1.14 million, exceeding its target of 1 million. The New York company credited retail sales, more awareness of the benefits of satellite radio and recognition by consumers of the company's programming. "A growing percentage of subscribers" will come from the new-car market, spokesman Patrick Reilly said. Sirius has said it needs 2 million subscribers to break even.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2004 | Don Shirley
As the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City prepared for its first opening -- the premiere of Charles L. Mee's "A Perfect Wedding" -- some of the theater's would-be subscribers learned they would be shut out. The response to last summer's solicitations for subscriptions at the Center Theatre Group's new Westside outpost was so heavy that certain performances were overbooked. Some people who thought they were buying subscriptions learned otherwise when they called to check on their orders.
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